ANAHEIM, Calif. (11/6/14)--Employees of the Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal), Whittier, Calif., helped raise $60,000 in donations for the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) last month, and all it took was a little hustle and sweat.
More than 130 employees and family members of the $742 million-asset credit union took to the streets of Disneyland to participate in the 24th annual CHOC Walk to raise funds for the regional pediatric healthcare system.
Employees participated through the credit union's employee-inspired charity, called CU SoCal Helping Hands, which provides underprivileged and impoverished families in Southern California with basic necessities, such as food, clothing and financial assistance.
CU SoCal wasn't the only credit union to participate. Nineteen other southern Californian credit union teams took part in the event.
The largest team, called "Credit Unions for CHOC," with more than 1,350 walkers, raised more than $175,000 in donations.
"CHOC is a wonderful organization and helps build better lives for so many," said Dave Gunderson, CU SoCal president/CEO.
The 2014 CHOC Walk was the largest-single pediatric walk in the United States, and this year it recorded the highest-ever fundraising total. About 16,000 walkers took part in the walk and about $2 million was raised to support the care, family services, education and research that CHOC provides.